MaryBeth’s Friday appointment with Stanley Katz, MD, chair and professor of cardiology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine and chair of cardiology at Peconic Bay Medical Center, came two days after chest discomfort sent her to her family doctor. “I was a healthy 56-year-old,” says MaryBeth, “exercising regularly and eating relatively well. But I was experiencing some chest tightness on the treadmill; I was having trouble lifting my arms. Thankfully, I listened to my body.”
MaryBeth needed a cardiac catheterization, but in June 2017 there was no cath lab on Long Island’s East End. She and her husband traveled 60 miles from their home in Riverhead to the cath lab at North Shore University Hospital. Her catheterization revealed two severely blocked arteries, which Dr. Katz opened up by inserting stents.